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Summer Volunteer Training

Dare Desk Training for Returning Volunteers - 2018

Thank you for returning to the Cedar Rapids Public Library as a Dare Desk volunteer this year! We are excited to offer this streamlined, virtual training for our returning volunteers. This is a new process for us. We welcome your feedback on what worked well for you and what we could do to improve the process for next summer.
Below are step-by-step training instructions to prepare you for your volunteer role at the Dare Desk and some additional training handouts for you to reference.

Step 1: Training Video

Watch a training video including a program overview, information on the new tabloid/brochure, instructions on using the paper reading and dare logs, and how to register participants online.
Click on the video to the right. You can enlarge the video to full screen by clicking on the square outline in the bottom right corner of the video.

Training Video #1

Step 2: Practice

Practice building a “test” participant account in the Summer Dare website: http://summerdare.crlibrary.org/.

Step 3: Training Video

Watch a training video including an overview of the Summer Dare website, how to track progress online and on paper logs, how to update minutes for a child using a parent’s account, how to access the Control Room to change a participant’s password if they forget it, and information on how to complete the program and registration and completion prizes.
Click on the video to the right. You can enlarge the video to full screen by clicking on the square outline in the bottom right corner of the video.

Training Video #2

Step 4: Practice

Practice changing the password for your “test” participant account in the Control Room: http://summerdare.crlibrary.org/ControlRoom/Login.aspx.
You should have received the password for the Control Room in the same email that provided you with the link to this training website. If you cannot find that password, please email volunteer@crlibrary.org for the password.

Step 5: Training Video

Watch a training video including some participant FAQs you might get at the Dare Desk, handouts at the Dare Desk, program goals,  ideas on what to do (and not do) during any slower times you might have at the Dare Desk, and instructions for your next steps as a returning volunteer.
Click on the video to the right. You can enlarge the video to full screen by clicking on the square outline in the bottom right corner of the video.

Training Video #3

Step 6: Send Email

Send an email to volunteer@crlibrary.org per instructions in the video. Be sure to include the following: name, preferred location and volunteer schedule, start and end dates, any known absences, and the name of the test account you built.
Additional Training Handouts